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Cuba President in U.S., 1948/12/09

Published 1948

(1) News In Brief - "Washington: Cuba's new President, Carlos Prio, arrives by plane for a five-day visit. Pres. Truman, who invited him, is on hand to greet him at National Airport as Senor Prio steps off the 'Independence.' - Truman speaks at airport; (2) Holland: "The 'Hangmen of Amersfoort,' Nazi criminals who put scores to death in infamous concentration camp, go on trial before a Dutch tribunal. Once vaunted supermen cringe as justice hold their fate in the balance." (sound in German) (3) Spy Probe. Chambers-Hiss Papers Barred From Public - "Washington: Should the U. S. public be let in on the secrets of the stolen micro-films? Former Underscretary of State Sumner Welles, appearing before Un-American Activities Committee, says the papers should be barred, while Congressman Mundt calls for a full public hearing on the case." (no pictures of Chambers or Hiss) (partial newsreel).

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: bccreations - - July 1, 2012
Subject: poorly spliced and censored
Selective audio, including fake sound of old film to cover/censor outvnews dialog and other speech that the splicer did not want the viewer to hear. A great example of trying to recreate history poorly. Next time use professional equiptment to create bogus news reels and take a few classes.
Reviewer: ed70 - - May 4, 2006
Subject: dutch trial in newsreel
The trial shown is commented on in Dutch, not German. Shown are the proceedings against the German commandant and guards of the infamous Amersfoort concentration camp, arrested after the war. The voice is the voice of the prosecutor, asking for the death penalty for the accused.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - February 16, 2006
Subject: Raw Footage from the Post-War Period
Brief, poorly-preserved newsreel clip from the late 40s. The initial story is about a visit to the US by the president of pre-Castro Cuba. This is followed by a story about some sort of trial proceedings in Holland that is narrated entirely in German (or a language that sounds like German). It might be a war crimes proceeding, since they show some scenes of the concentration camp, but itÂs not really clear. This is followed by a story about the Hiss-Chambers hearings. These stories all have only partial soundtracks, and despite the title cards, this feels like unedited raw footage, especially the Hiss-Chambers section. Which makes it more interesting than it might otherwise be.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.